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        February, 2013 Edition 
Million Dollar 
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Portland-based clothing company Million Dollar Ballers teams up with former NBA player Chris Dudley on T-shirts for his foundation. Dudley and Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins recently led Circle on the Court, an annual event at the Rose Garden Arena that takes aim at the diabetes surge in the Pacific Northwest. The two new designs debuted at the event.


"They were legends on the court, but how they inspire kids off the court is even more impressive," says owner Greg Beers. "We're proud to collaborate with Chris in helping kids in our community." As part of their Legends Give Back program, Million Dollar Ballers will donate half the profits from the shirts to the Chris Dudley Foundation, which supports education, advocacy and research to help children with diabetes.



The Real Valentine - Diabetes 24/7
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Believe it or not, Valentine's Day, chocolate and candy hearts didn't always go together. Read about some Valentine mythbusters and traditions from diabetes 24-7

Chocolate Guide
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If you do choose chocolate for Valentine's Day, here are some educational and helpful tips

Diabetes Art Day - February 4
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This special day invites those connected to diabetes to share about and express their experiences through the visual arts.

Recipe of the Month 
Almond Biscotti
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Nutritional Information:
Amount Per serving:
Calories: 56
Protein: 1 g 
Fat: 1 g
Carbohydrates: 9 g
Exchanges: 1/2 Starch/Bread; 1/2 Fat
1/4 cup finely chopped almonds
1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons margarine
4 egg whites
2 teaspoons almond extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

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A Fond Farewell
Dear the Chris Dudley Foundation Community:


We have some bittersweet and yet exciting news to share with you.


Debbie Wakem, our wonderful Executive Director, has

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found herself called to move in a new direction that is leading her away from CDF. In addition to needing extra time to spend with her family, some adventures and opportunities have presented themselves to Debbie that she is looking forward to exploring. Upon her departure in mid-February, Chris Dudley and Camp Director Joey Seber will share the executive director functions on an interim basis.


It is hard to even begin to describe all that Debbie Wakem has meant to CDF.  Former camper now Camp counselor Kelsey Tullis reflects, "Debbie has been a huge part of the Foundation and we are so grateful for everything she has done. We will miss her greatly but are excited to see what lies ahead for her..." 

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As most of you know, for over 15 years Debbie has devoted herself to the Foundation, and the cause of diabetes. She has guided and supported CDF with a wealth of creativity, enthusiasm and successes, including the recent and noteworthy achievement of the Pacific Northwest Diabetes Week.


Regardless of what the future holds, we all know in our hearts that the Chris Dudley Foundation has been nurtured, enriched and made all the stronger by Debbie Wakem's hard work and commitment.


Debbie, while we will miss you tremendously as Executive Director, we are proud to carry on your inspiring and effective vision for the Foundation. We wish you the best in your future endeavors!


With love, respect and the utmost of appreciation,


Chris Dudley and the Staff of the Chris Dudley Foundation


Basketball Tournament in Honor of Late Professor - Donates Funds 


Students at St. Bonaventure University raised over $3,000 for Chris Dudley Foundation

By Zachary Clark, Class of 2013, Team Bonas President
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James Reed, Zachary Clark, Justin Walker, Mike Iulianello & Taylor Lang

Olean, NY -- Olean, New York is about 2,700 miles from Portland, Oregon, but five students in Dr. Michael Russell's Event and Sponsorship Marketing class at St. Bonaventure University has made a huge impact anyway. The group of students had to plan and execute a charity event as a class assignment, and they chose to do it for the Chris Dudley Foundation.


Zachary Clark, Mike Iulianello, James Reed, Taylor Lang and Justin Walker decided to run a basketball tournament as their event, but not just any basketball tournament. It was to be held in memory of their late professor, Dr. John J. Watson, who passed away just this May of a massive heart attack at the young age of 45. Watson, a former collegiate and professional basketball player, taught in the Marketing Department of St. Bonaventure for nearly 8 years and was beloved by many.


"When faced with coming up with an event, we knew we wanted to do something sports related. Doing a basketball tournament and putting it in Dr. Watson's name just made sense." said Senior Zachary Clark. "Many of us had him for class and were close to him, and that just gave us some extra motivation to give an effort above and beyond what was expected of us."


The Inaugural John J. Watson 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament raised $3,072.62 for the Chris Dudley Foundation, a charity near and dear to the hearts' of the Watson family. John's son, Noah, was diagnosed with diabetes at a young age and has been a benefactor of the organization. The group had 10 teams for their first year and brought in over 15 local sponsors, which included local insurance agency the Iroquois Group and also Enterprise Rent-A-Car.


All of the proceeds that the group earned will go towards helping children attend the camp that can't afford it. "Knowing that we're able to help several kids get the education they need to live an active lifestyle is an amazing feeling in itself, but doing it honor of Dr. Watson is something extra special." Clark said.


The group hopes to pass on the torch of running the tournament to the next bunch that participates in the class. "There's been a ton of interest within the

community and faculty here to run the tournament again. We hope that someone picks up where we left off and is able to build upon it, not only for the Chris Dudley Foundation, but also for the memory of Dr. Watson."

Pacific Northwest Diabetes Week HIGHLIGHTS 
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  • 30 people were screened for osteoporosis at the Pacific University Pharmacy School
  • Over 200 people were screened at the Casey Eye Institute
  • Provided the Coalition of Community Health Clinics with a large donation of socks for "Sock Diabetes" PNDW logo June - PT


Read more stories from all the week long events!

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Happy Valentines Day!
Chris Dudley 
and the Chris Dudley Foundation